These sessions are ambitious, real, exhausting and some of the most fulfilling of any sessions I take part in. I get asked all the time, will you just follow me around for the day? I laugh it off and then the issue is mute. Not this time. Nope.
What started as an idea to add this as a business service, quickly became something bigger. It turned into a personal project to show families as they truly are. Regardless of race, financial status and age, my goal was to capture 1 day in the life of a few lucky families that wanted to partake and see a stripped down and raw version of themselves. What came out of this second attempt is still something l can't really put into words. I don't know if I ever will.
There is joy, laughter, yoga, animal loyalty, imagination, youth and most importantly, family connection. I am showing you the whole collection in one shot again. No teaser, no come back later to see the rest. This is the finished product. It was shot and edited completely in B&W. No color, no Photoshop retouches. Nothing. I couldn't think of a better way to get the right impact out of these moments below than in glorious B&W, my favorite medium. I shot what I saw, there was no direction. Not once did a "cheese" come out of anyone's mouths. The restraint and having to hold back from the typical engagement with the family is still hard, but the result is something truly special. Getting to know these 3 even further and vice versa was a fantastic take away.
I was asked years ago, "Do you like taking pictures"? I replied with, "I love telling stories with my pictures". I hope that this resonates with you. In fact I hope it does with a lot of you. Whether it triggers a memory, makes you laugh or even makes you cry of moments of yesterday. Life is fleeting. It goes so fast anymore. It is crazy to think this was a single day and that 364 follow this to make up their year.
As I drove home, I left with a better appreciation of what parents go through on a minute to minute, hour by hour basis with their kids. It is really damn hard.
Lindsay, Eric and Harper, Thanks so much for taking this journey with me. It was the hottest day of the year, in fact the hottest on record in a long time. I loved our chats over food and beer, cooling off in the pool and finding a new favorite ice cream place. There is a lot to look at and I am sure you are excited, anxious and thankful that these will be yours forever. We have known each other for nearly 5 years and this was one of the days that we will talk about going forward. Sit together, stream on a tv and take it in. This was your day, just another Sunday. xoxo